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Cat cafe feline employees stick it to the man

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[Update: After some consideration, Tokyo has decided to allow cat cafés to remain open until 10 p.m.]

Cat cafés are themed bistros where patrons may pay a cover fee to enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee in the company of a fluffy feline friend. In a sense, the joints operate as a supervised pet rental service that serves food on the side. During the past decade or so cat cafés have begun to pop up all over Japan. One of the main reasons behind their rising popularity seems to be the prevalence of strict apartment pet restrictions.

Most Japanese rental homes prohibit pets, which means that single-dwelling young adults can't even find comfort in hanging out with a pet after a long day at work. So, how do these folks go around socializing? they pay good money to speak to cat strangers, of course. This may sound borderline pathological but quite frankly, I don't blame them. Cats are cute, low maintenance, don't ask questions, and they think you're fascinating. See what I mean?

Unfortunately for cat café lovers it seems like their favorite hangout spots might no longer open in the evenings. In response to complaints filed by concerned animal rights activists, cats workdays will now wrap up by 8 p.m. --you know, because they're not nocturnal creatures or anything. Of course, nights are the absolute busiest time for cat cafés, so owners are not exactly thrilled about the law. But hey, it's great to see that cats are sticking it to the man.

Video after the jump!

[Via AFP]

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